Important Announcement from the Board of Deaf Children Australia

The Board of Deaf Children Australia in consultation with the Senior Executive Team, staff and stakeholders, has been engaged on a strategic planning exercise that is designed to reposition DCA to enable us to strengthen our service capabilities, and respond to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Through this process, the Board has come to an understanding that the time is right for a change. On that basis the Board and Chief Executive Officer Damian Lacey have agreed to part company in a manner that is reflective of Damian’s wishes and the commitment demonstrated by him over the past 20 years.

Please view the Auslan statement or the full text version of this announcement below.


Damian is taking personal leave, effective immediately, and intends to move on from DCA to pursue other opportunities later in the year.

The Board extends to Damian and his family our best wishes and would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his commitment and dedication to empowering generations of children and young people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Damian has poured his energies into the deaf sector for the past 37 years. Leading Deaf Children Australia for 20 years is a feat of endurance, dedication and commitment to the deaf community that is unlikely to be equalled.

Under Damian’s leadership, Deaf Children Australia has achieved many remarkable results. It has grown from its Victorian base into a national organisation. DCA is a financially secure not for profit that will respond positively to the challenges and opportunities presented by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We are excited by the new potential the NDIS offers to the children and young people with whom we work.

Through our capable staff, DCA will continue to advocate for the best possible outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families, and will draw upon the legacy of Damian’s leadership as we look to the future.

We are sure that many young people, families and members of the Deaf community would like to join us in expressing our gratitude to Damian for his tireless dedication and his passion for helping so many children and young people reach their potential.

The Board will be announcing transitional arrangements after we have had the opportunity to discuss with staff the plans and opportunities going forward.

We look forward to updating you on Deaf Children Australia’s future directions.

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